Over the past few months, as people around the world have adjusted to a new lifestyle due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the things many people have missed most is the gym.
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or you just like to hit the weights and put in a few hours on the elliptical every week, working out isone of the most important rituals of modern life — a time when you can center yourself and let go of the stresses of the day.
It’s not surprising, then, that many have turned to mobile fitness apps that can help them recreate some of the structure and drive of the gym in their own home. And while fitness apps were popular long before COVID-19 became a concern, 2020 has proved just how revolutionary this approach to exercise can be.
Apps are Changing the Way We Exercise
As any fitness buff knows, you can work out most of the muscles in your body without any specialized equipment at all. Oftentimes, going to the gym is as much a psychological thing as it is a workout necessity: not only are you carving out time specifically to exercise, you’re doing so in a place where you can easily track your progress.
While there are many different kinds of fitness apps, most of them recreate these conditions by making it easy for you to measure how much you are working out, and by providing you with the incentive to do so.
For example, the most basic fitness app is probably the pedometer, which counts how many steps you take in a day. Not only does the pedometer tell you how much you’re walking, it also makes it easy to set goals, which in turn encourages you to change your routine so you can meet them. You might decide, for example, to go for a walk on your lunch break or skip the bus so you can get your steps in.
Cutting-Edge Apps Offer a Specialized Approach
If you follow the latest app development trends you’ll notice that many of the most exciting apps being developed these days offer some kind of a value-add. With so many fitness apps already on the market, new developers are finding exciting angles that will offer users more.
One of the most interesting examples of this is apps that connect users to fitness instructors who can actually provide individualized feedback. While these apps usually involve some kind of fee system, they offer you the one-on-one support, motivation, and advice that you could normally only get from a personal trainer.
Over the summer, many regions and countries moved to start reopening gyms after months of lockdown. And while plenty of people were happy to get back to their regular routine, fitness apps aren’t going anywhere. Not everyone feels completely comfortable working out in public spaces yet, and many Canadians and Americans have gotten used to the convenience of working out from home.
Most importantly, even before the lockdown began, investors were predicting that the market for fitness apps would grow substantially in the next four years. In all likelihood, we are only just starting to feel the full impact that fitness apps will have on our health and wellness culture.
Published by Bharti